Two dead in Will County traffic accidents
By Brian Stanley email@example.com August 25, 2012 11:18PM
Updated: September 27, 2012 11:47AM
WILL COUNTY — Two people were killed in unrelated traffic accidents Friday night and early Saturday.
The first crash was reported at 10:50 p.m. on Briggs Street south of Oak in Lockport Township.
Sheriff’s police report Scott W. Mulac, 30, of Joliet was riding a motorcycle “at a high rate of speed” when he struck the back of another cycle being ridden by James Labeau, 50, of Manhattan.
“Labeau and his motorcycle traveled into the west side ditch, Mulac’s motorcycle went into the east side ditch and Molac remained in the roadway,” reports said.
It appears Mulac was then struck by three vehicles, but only the third driver, a 33-year-old Joliet woman, remained at the scene and called 911, reports said.
Labeau was wearing a helmet and refused medical treatment for scrapes to his arm. Molac was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said the investigation into the crash is ongoing.
The second crash occurred around 3:44 a.m. Saturday when a 2002 Dodge was coming westbound over the hill on Steger Road at 104th Avenue near Frankfort.
Police said the driver, Kevin E. Krohn, 22, of New Lenox, lost control and struck a tree on the northeast corner of the intersection, causing the car to burst into flames.
Krohn’s passenger was killed in the collision. That person’s identity had not been released Saturday afternoon.
Krohn reportedly suffered compound fractures to both legs.
“Alcohol was a factor (and) charges are pending,” police said.
Before the fatal crashes occurred, the Will County Sheriff’s unit had been investigating an accident on Route 53 south of Wilmington-Peotone Road in Wilmington.
According to reports, around 9:30 p.m. Friday a motorcycle driver did not realized the road curved and struck a sign before continuing into a field.
Gerald T. Mroch, 51, of 378 S. Woodward in Beecher, and his passenger, Ruth Green-Moorberg, 51, also of Beecher, were both ejected from the bike. Neither of them were wearing helmets.
Both riders on the 1985 Harley Davidson were hospitalized. Green-Moorberg suffered cuts to her face and the top of her head, while Mroch broke both hands, a wrist and mulitple ribs, police said.
After being released from the hospital, Mroch was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.